The Michigan GEAR UP Program works with school districts in which 50% or more of the students enrolled in a targeted school are eligible for free or reduced-price lunches under the National School Lunch Act. All students in the grade will receive services, regardless of economic status.
The MI GEAR UP Program's mission is to provide an opportunity for these students to discover, first hand, the potential of a college education and to expose students to the information, knowledge, and skills they need to complete high school and prepare themselves adequately for college entry and success.
The MI GEAR UP Program partners with Michigan’s 15 public higher education institutions and the Michigan Department of Treasury and Partnership For Learning to target and provide services to 38 public secondary school districts and 77 school buildings throughout Michigan. The goal is to improve the entry into post-secondary education of students from the targeted areas.
The MI GEAR UP Program is a collaboration between Western Michigan University, the Michigan Workforce Development Agency, and the U.S. Department of Education.